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on December 19, 2013
We frequently travel to Malaysia and Russia over the Christmas/New Year period and as such need to pack both summer and winter gear.
I was looking for the lightest bag possible that would be just under the "oversized" luggage dimensions so that it could comfortably hold all my gear. Also, as we have family and friends in both countries, so we bring Christmas presents with us and they are sometimes bulky and/or heavy. Before this bag, I used my sister's Eagle Creek duffel with a split top that could break off into a backpack (can't remember the model but pretty big; bigger than the Switchback 26) and I had to pack 2 carry on suit cases (also at maximum size) in order to fit all my gear. This time, all that gear fit into this duffel! And I even decided to go all out and take with us our favourite throws to use on the plane as blankets since we dislike the normal wool blankets you get given and there was still space for more! I even took 4kg of honey for presents and my bag only weighed 20kg.
When not in use, this bag packs away into it's own carry bag that is about 28cm by 40cm by 10cm (for people looking to ship overseas using Shipitto etc; I used Amazon shipping which was super fast but the box it came in was quite oversized; the bag maybe took up 1/3 of the space). The width of the bag's wheel base is the length of the storage bag and it rolls up pretty tight. This also leads to the bags only draw back. Since it rolls away, it doesn't have a fixed spine and so if you pack unevenly either top heavy or heavier on 1 side, it tips over a bit when dragging. But a very minor con all things considered.
Hope this has been helpful :)